Hi! I'm Kate!

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My name is Kate Vannelli and I am the Program Director at Global Conservation Corps

A wild pangolin sighting in Namibia!

I am a conservation scientist and Nat Geo Explorer whose career began in Namibia, working to conserve cheetahs with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. I have a B.Sc. in environmental science as well as an M.Sc. in conservation and rural development from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. During my degree work, I conducted and published research on the community aspects of snow leopard conservation and ecotourism in the Himalayas through the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust, and gained experience with the many human dimensions of conserving large carnivores. I have also worked on the Namibian national leopard census, using camera traps and questionnaires to gain insight on the pressures facing the African leopard population. 

Searching for jaguars with Panthera in Brazil

Currently, I work as the Program Director for Global Conservation Corps, focusing on our conservation education program, 'Future Rangers', which operates outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Our goal is to provide strategic and scalable conservation education and opportunities to youth living in areas of high conservation priority.

I am a bit of a wild cat nut, and in my spare time, I love to paint and draw them. Cheetahs are my all-time favorite animal. 

Changing a satellite collar on a wild cheetah

Kate Vannelli

Program Director, Global Conservation Corps

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Thirza Loffeld 6 months ago

Welcome Kate! Thanks for sharing the link to your amazing drawings - we are gaining more artists in our community by the day and I feel we should have a special space on our hub to showcase this work - what do you think? I am really looking forward to learning more about your 'Future rangers' conservation education program after the taster you shared with us in your talk at the free digital conference: Nonprofit Tech and Transformation! Great to have you joining us! 

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Kate Vannelli 6 months ago

Thanks Thirza! I'd love if there was a wildlife art space! It's so great to see everyones talents :)

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Thirza Loffeld 5 months ago

Hi Kate, Sofiya and I have meanwhile set up a room on WildHub for art and conservation. It would be wonderful if you would like to share your work in this room as well. Please find it here: https://wildhub.community/rooms/1001-art-and-conservation

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Jessica Stewart 6 months ago

Kate!! :)

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Grace Warner 2 months ago

I love the photos and such amazing art! I had no idea you still did so much - you are so talented Kate!